My copy of Mark Ryden’s new book from Japan, Fushigi Circus, arrived over the weekend, which I view as one of those “good news, bad news” things. I was very excited to receive the new book, but — in the face of really needing to spend quality photo-time in my studio — temptations were great and I spent far, far too much time flipping through all the beautiful pictures. This is the second hard bound Ryden collection, following the extremely collectible (and eBay favorite) Anima Mundi. Where the first book was a very complete collection of Ryden’s gallery work through 2000, the new book collects paintings from throughout Ryden’s career, repeating images that appeared in the first book and adding work from his more recent exhibits. Fushigi Circus, being tall and slim, has smaller images than Anima Mundi, and all of the introductory essay text is in Japanese (the individual painting titles are in both English and Japanese).
With a limited publication run, Fushigi Circus will surely sell out soon (if it hasn’t already), so drive yourself over to your favorite art-friendly bookstore and plunk down your $38 —quick!